Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
In humans, the development of vaccines meant that diseases that were once death sentences can be prevented with just a series of injections. The same can be said for your furry family members. By ensuring they receive all their necessary vaccines, you will bolster their immunity against the most common diseases that affects their species and breed. They are an easy and effective way to keep your pet healthy all throughout their life. Call us at (780) 475-9225 to learn more about our vaccination services for your feline friends.
Is it safe to vaccinate cats?
Yes. Vaccines given to cats and other animals undergo extensive trials before being approved for use. Leaving your cat unvaccinated will put them in more harm, as it leaves them vulnerable to getting diseases and experiencing severe symptoms of the said illnesses. Some minor side effects may occur like swelling at the injection site, fatigue and vomiting. These reactions usually subside after a few hours.
When should I vaccinate my kitten?
At this stage in their life, kittens usually get a series of three vaccination sessions. The first at 8 weeks, the second at 12 weeks and the third at 16 weeks of age. It’s important to get your kitten protected as soon as possible to support proper growth and development.
What vaccines does a kitten or cat need?
The three main viruses that affect felines are Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (herpes virus), Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. For this reason, all cats need the FVRCP vaccine that protects against all three of these viruses. Your cat will also need their Rabies vaccine (mandated by law) and their Feline Leukemia vaccine. As your cat grows, they will still need their core set of vaccines and your veterinarian may recommend non-core vaccines depending on their lifestyle. For example, barn cats will usually need more vaccines than indoor cats. NOTE: All cats need vaccines – even those who spend 100% of their time indoors.
How often should adult cats be vaccinated?
Depending on the vaccines, cats typically need to be vaccinated once every two to three years.